Russian Billionaire In Exile Boris Berezovsky Commits Suicide - The First Cyprus Casualty?

Tyler Durden's picture

Just your ordinary run of the mill Russian billionaire oligarch in exile who had so much money he was terminally depressed... or just the opposite, and the first tragic casualty of the Cyprus capital controls which are about to eviscerate a whole lot of Russian wealth (and ultraluxury Manhattan real estate prices)?

From RT:

Exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has died at the age 67, according to a Facebook post from his son-in-law Egor Schuppe. Details regarding the nature of his death are yet to be released.


His death has not been officially confirmed, and details have not been disclosed.


According to Schuppe, Berezovsky was recently depressed. He failed to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances, and often chose to stay at home rather than go out.


Damian Kudriavtsev, the former CEO of Kommersant Publishing House also commented on the businessman’s death saying he passed away at 11:00 GMT in London.


On his twitter account, Kudriavtsev said there were no signs of a violent death.


Aleksandr Dobrovinksy, a famous lawyer and head of Moscow-based The Alexander Dobrovinsky & Partners law firm has said that Berezovsky committed suicide.   


“Just got a call from London. Boris [Abramovich] Berezovsky committed suicide. He was a difficult man. A move of disparity? Impossible to live poor? A strike of blows? I am afraid no one will get to know now,” the lawyer said on his social network page.

BBC confirms the death:

Berezovsky has been found dead at his home in Surrey.


The circumstances of the death of Mr Berezovsky - a wanted man in Russia, and an opponent of President Vladimir Putin - are not yet known.


A former Kremlin power-broker whose fortunes declined under Mr Putin, Mr Berezovsky emigrated to the UK in 2000.


Last year, he lost a £3bn ($4.7bn) damages claim against Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.


Mr Berezovsky claimed he had been intimidated by Mr Abramovich into selling shares in Russian oil giant Sibneft for a "fraction of their true worth".


The allegations were completely rejected by the London Commercial Court judge, who called Mr Berozovsky an "inherently unreliable" witness

His name was Boris Berezovsky.

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Abraxas's picture

That possibility did not occur to me ... I guess they are not telling us. Ever.

Arthor Bearing's picture

One of the most powerful people in London, I don't believe people like that commit suicide. I always have my doubts anyway.

spastic_colon's picture

i think they meant to say he was suicided

AlaricBalth's picture

Ultimate Counterparty Risk. Perhaps Boris was holding money for, or owed a debt to, the wrong counterparty. With the money parked in Cyprus, Boris would have had difficulty getting it back. Suicide or suicided it's the same thing. Lots of people are going to realize there is no way out.

Have a few Russian friends in Sunny Isles and Miami Beach and they don't play...

spastic_colon's picture

quite possible.....even billionaires are "owned" by someone else

knukles's picture

So there's his buddy saying that he passed away at 11:00 and next we'll wind up seeing him in a video timed at 12:00 of his buddy saying that with the supposed deceased standing there talking to him a la Building 7

caconhma's picture

I am NOT so sure it was a suicide.

Things become more and more interesting every single day.

The other news: Putin called his national security council to consider the Cyprus affairs.


Rubicon's picture

A well timed warning to Cypriot MP's.

flacon's picture

I can't think of a good enough joke for today.... 

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"According to Schuppe, Berezovsky was recently depressed. He failed to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances, and often chose to stay at home rather than go out."

LOL.  This isn't just any "suicide".  It's a BILLIONAIRE suicide.  Can't they come up with something more plausible than the same old boilerplate?

Mr. Berezovsky or Ambramovich or whatever his name really was desrved better.

NewThor's picture

I don't know.

If you got to the point where blow jobs, lobster

and building up the ultimate secret underground base

wasn't any fun any more,

maybe a dude would kill himse....


LawsofPhysics's picture

Few things, if any, in life are sure bets.  However, many things we do are unsustainable, period, and in this case, dead men tell no tales.  The latter is particularly useful if they were privy to information that would turn the world on it's head. 

Groundhog Day's picture

I wonder if his personal assistant drafted a suicide note

BLOTTO's picture



And yes, billionaires are nothing compared to royal special bloodlines...You know - the ones that own in one case, 1/6 of the worlds land mass...ones that have their picture on that very currency the 'billionaire(s)' hold...


'These' people we are up against arent elected...they are born.

DeadFred's picture

Somebody's on a wanted list, lots of money, circumstances of death not revealed. Why would you POSSIBLY be suspicious? LOL, anybody who takes a report like this at face value probably already owns several bridges.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Sooner or later, Putin is going to tap every single Jew-Pluto who tried to hijack Russia during privatization. He should be an inspiration to us all.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Sometimes I'm thankful that I'm less than a pawn on the chessboard of life

prains's picture

why do they all look like DSK??

NidStyles's picture

What is the deal with you commies floating around with your propaganda all the time? You have no coherent commentary to offer yourself?

Buck Johnson's picture

Thanks for posting that link to this documentary, this is a first of it's kind. 

YuShun's picture


This Surrey estate was not the one (Sutton Place) owned by J. Paul Getty in the 1960s,
which is now owned by another Russian, Alisher Usmanov.  Berezovsky’s Surrey estate
was south of Guilford and southeast of Godalming.  Some English newspaper reports
say that Berezovsky had sold his Surrey estate and died at his home in Berkshire near Ascot.
According to  his Berkshire estate is near Englefield Green,
which is east of Ascot, southeast of Windsor, and southwest of Heathrow airport.


palmereldritch's picture

Thanks for the link.  Great doc.  If it takes one of the scions of the 1% to remind us of the dangers of oligarchy that breeds malignant capitalism it should inspire the remaining 99% to preserve the free market.  Freedom isn't free.

BKbroiler's picture

Eeeeen  soh viet rassha suicide commit you.

caconhma's picture

The Russian oligarchy money-laundering model is not working anymore. For more than20 years, Russian oligarchy plundered Russian people, and now their money was confiscated by the Zionist Banking Mafia. Well, there is no honor left amongst thieves and gangsters anymore. It is just awful.


Who is next after Berezovsky. I could not be just a one-man show.

Iwanttoknow's picture

May OI add,with a little help from friends in this country.

kaiserhoff's picture

Jeepers Creepers.

Our Boris and Natasha should look out from sky falling pianos.

                                        Google be Praised

SAT 800's picture

He didn't "suidcide"; he collapsed gravitationally due to his girders overheating. Happens all the time.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

If we're lucky, George Soros had a tidy stash in Cyprus too....

Pure Evil's picture

When you make a deal with the devil, sometimes he comes to collect a little early.

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, well Pure Evil should know the ways of the Devil... :>D

Groundhog Day's picture

The new Troika strategy....wack the billionares and take thier money to fund bailouts.  Gates, Buffet, et al should really watch thier backs.  The mafia are like NEMO compared to these central banker sharks and squids

lolmao500's picture

99% of people would agree with this strategy. What have billionaires ever do for anybody? You don't become a billionaire by being a good hard working guy.... you become a billionaire because you're born into it... or by dirty money, killing/hurting/robbing thousands/millions of people... or by taking over a market while destroying every competition out there.

All billionaires are frauds.

Alpo for Granny's picture

Poor Boris should have read ZH. Then maybe he would have had the money in his own hands as phyzz..rather than some scumbag banker/politician's 1's and 0's.

daveO's picture

Thank God for the 2nd Admendment, so they can't take over here.

Buck Johnson's picture

I think your right, he was holding or owed money to the wrong person and couldn't get some or all of it out of a certain island.  A man like this was suicided he didn't do it himself.  And your right about the Russians, when your in with them many of them have people they know in the underworld or are in the underworld, they definitely don't play around.

deKevelioc's picture

Before Putin moves on to Cypriot legislators, he had to clean-up old, unfinished business.

Sudden Debt's picture

you keep talking like that and you'll end up suicided yourself...

Pharming's picture

Seeing this...I can't help but think of that great old song by Satchmo, "What a Wonderful One World Order".



Colonel Klink's picture

Berezovsky was born in 1946 in Moscow to Abram Markovich Berezovsky, a Jewish civil engineer


One from the tribe down.  Many more to go of the monied class.


Don't let the door hitcha where God splitcha!

BigDuke6's picture

6 of the 7 'oligarchs' who bought up russia's oil for pennies on the dollar from the drunken globalist stooge Yeltsin are/were Jewish.

And their multiculti-lady gaga shit doesnt work on the russians or putin.

Good luck to them